The General Takes Command

As a young Army major selected for a fellowship to the Nixon White House in 1972, Colin Powell came to the attention of two emerging bureaucratic stars: Caspar Weinberger and Frank Carlucci, director and deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget. Powell was recruited into their inner circle, and has risen with his bosses ever since. Last week Lieut. General Powell, 50, took another large step upward, succeeding Carlucci to become Ronald Reagan's sixth National Security Adviser.*

But back in March, Carlucci had to pull out all the stops just to get Powell to join the NSC as his...

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